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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Team tricked scar tissue on spinal cord injury into becoming new nerves without stem...

Published: February 27, 2014

nerves grow out of neural stem cellsMany believe the ultimate solution in regenerative medicine will be inducing the body to mimic the activity of stem cells without having to transplant any cells. Now, a team at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has used a two step process to turn the scar that forms at the site of spinal cord injury into functioning nerve cells.

Researchers Generate New Neurons in Brains, Spinal Cords of Living Adult Mammals

Published: February 26, 2014

Researchers Generate New NeuronsUT Southwestern Medical Center researchers created new nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals without the need for stem cell transplants to replenish lost cells.

Although the research indicates it may someday be possible to regenerate neurons from the body’s own cells to repair traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage or to treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers stressed that it is too soon to know whether the neurons created in these initial studies resulted in any functional improvements, a goal for future research.

Young wrestler fights spinal cord injury

Published: February 24, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Hunter GarstinATLANTA, Ga. – Hunter Garstin is young, soft-spoken and fiercely determined to come back from a devastating spinal cord injury. He was badly hurt during a high school wrestling match in December. However, Garstin is determined his story will not end in a wheelchair.

The Tennessee teenager and his family have gained a huge following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They’re hundreds of miles from home at Shepherd Center, but they’re far from alone.

Brave Claire launches charity autobiography

Published: February 22, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Claire LomasClaire Lomas was joined by family and friends for a celebration to launch her autobiography.

In Finding My Feet, the 33-year-old charts the agony and ecstasy of the most extraordinary seven years of her life.

It tells of her journey from the accident which ended a promising riding career and left her paralysed in a wheelchair, to capturing the nation’s hearts by walking the London marathon in a robotic suit.

Claire also shares the joy her three-year-old daughter Maisie has brought her and husband Dan.

How To: Transfer from Floor to Chair

Published: February 21, 2014

“Wheelchair-bound” is one of Mary Allison’s least favorite words. No one should feel stuck to his or her wheelchair.

Helping people with spinal cord injuries

Published: February 20, 2014

Helping people with spinal cord injuriesREGINA — Meeting Rick Hansen during his Man in Motion world tour sparked six-year-old Josef Buttigieg’s fascination with biology and set his career course in motion.

Twenty-eight years after first meeting Hansen, Buttigieg is a biology professor at the University of Regina. Recently he received a $100,000 grant over two years from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries.

One day Buttigieg hopes he’s able to heal his hero.

Exoskeletons bring people with spinal cord injuries back to their feet

Published: February 19, 2014

Mitch Brogan walking with exoskeletonMitch Brogan has a message for doctors: Don’t tell people with spinal cord injuries they’ll never walk again.

The London, Ont., man, who had his spine severed eight years ago when he was hit by a drunk driver, stands upright and then takes a few steps forward.

What’s helping him move is a wearable robot called an exoskeleton. Brogan is tightly strapped into the device, and with a joystick, he controls where he wants to go.

Monkey brain waves control hand of paralysed pal

Published: February 18, 2014

A monkey controlling the hand of its unconscious cage-mate with its thoughts may sound like animal voodoo, but it is a step towards returning movement to people with spinal cord injuries.

The hope is that people who are paralysed could have electrodes implanted in their brains that pick up their intended movements. These electrical signals could then be sent to a prosthetic limb, or directly to the person’s paralysed muscles, bypassing the injury in their spinal cord.

Small steps in creating hope for spinal cord injury victims

Published: February 18, 2014

Wings for Life World RunThe creator of Red Bull is behind 82 global projects focusing on spinal cord injuries

The story of how Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz became one of the richest men in Europe is a remarkable tale of an opportunity seized.

As a travelling salesman for Unilever, Mateschitz came across a Thai concoction called Krating Daeng made with sugar, caffeine and taurine.

Together with Thai businessman Chaleo Yoovidhya, he carbonated the substance and introduced Red Bull to the world 30 years ago.

Sit-skiers find freedom on the slopes

Published: February 17, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Derek Moseychuk in a sit-skiTHE BLUE MOUNTAINS — Derek Moseychuk has found a new sense of freedom.

The Brampton man hit the slopes of the Craigleith Ski Club for the first time in more than a year on Thursday, with the steady hands of Steve Jones right behind him.

Moseychuk snowboarded on a regular basis at Blue Mountain, until a car crash in December, 2012, rendered him quadriplegic.